Photography, Fine Art, Wet Plate Collodion, Alternative photography

How to make a ground glass for view camera

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I’ve broken my ground glass on my Vageeswari camera and I’ve made a new one. Read captions.

Written by Borut Peterlin

16 September, 2013 at 00:14

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  1. a ni mal preveč mat – se še vedno dobro vidi?


    16 September, 2013 at 10:17

  2. Mat mora biti, da se slika izriše. Super je. Moraš videti v živo.

    Borut Peterlin

    16 September, 2013 at 10:22

  3. itak da mora bit mat… seveda 🙂 izgleda pač bolj kot je ponavad…glavno da ti špila!!


    16 September, 2013 at 10:24

  4. Nice job Borut.

    John Fink Jr.

    16 September, 2013 at 16:51

  5. Thank you John! I’ll draw lines with Rotring Art Pen. This solution is not contrasty enough

    Borut Peterlin

    16 September, 2013 at 17:32

  6. I use strips of velum (also know as mylar) paper as ground glass to check the range finders on 35mm and 120 cameras. I also made a 3×4 ground glass out of that paper for my Zeiss Ikon Ideal.

    The only down side to using this paper is that it bends as you go big. Thanks for sharing how to make a real piece of ground glass.

    How about a DIY dark cloth? Is there certain fabric needed?

    Justin Thor Simenson

    17 September, 2013 at 00:17

  7. Do I see it right that you grind the silcarb paste between two glass plates?


    25 October, 2013 at 20:44

  8. yes, Andre, that’s correct. Good luck!

    Borut Peterlin

    26 October, 2013 at 06:29

  9. thanks Borut,

    I just aquired a 5×7″ russian FDK camera which came without a ground glass, just a milky plastic screen, impossible to focus.
    Camera needs fome further fastening of parts, bellows seems ok.
    Next, i’ll test with paper negatives, then dry plate, and hopefully someday also wet plate….


    26 October, 2013 at 18:21

  10. that should have been FKD camera. My ground glass reallly turned out sweet!

    Thanks again foor this lesson.



    31 October, 2013 at 15:44

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    11 March, 2014 at 08:45

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